The year was 2012 when Mercedes unveiled this futuristic-looking Ener-G-Force concept and rhetorically asked whether the G-Class would still be around in 2025. It most certainly will, with a purely electric EQG to boot. As a matter of fact, the family could grow to include another member if we were to rely on a new report published by this week by the German business paper Handelsblatt. Apparently, the three-pointed star wants to launch a baby G.
CEO Ola Källenius is believed to be the driving force behind a smaller G-Class that could be out as early as 2026. It allegedly won’t go by the name of GLG, nor will it be mechanically related to its bigger brother. Instead of using the same body-on-frame platform, the downsized G is believed to ride on Mercedes‘ new MMA architecture debuting in 2024. The underpinnings will be used for the next-generation CLA / CLA Shooting Brake, GLA, and GLB.
That would make the more compact G-Class a unibody crossover, similar to the relationship between the Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport. Consequently, it wouldn’t be able to match the off-road chops of the legendary Geländewagen. The same source mentions the new G flavor wouldn’t be that much smaller lengthwise but would have a significantly lowered ride height, so less ground clearance along with worse approach and departure angles.
Author: Adrian Padeanu